A while back, I read an article in a Christian magazine about a young Jewish girl who had accepted Christ as her personal savior. But her Jewish parents were bitterly opposed to their daughter’s newfound conviction, so they locked her in her bedroom on Christmas Eve, thinking that no Christmas influences could get to her there.

But all alone in her room, the girl was overjoyed to think that on this yearly anniversary, on this very night, her savior was born.

How different from modern-day Christendom. Christians think that they have to have their manger scenes out in public, their lighted cross up on the hill, their Christmas church program, their Christmas music, and a host of other things to mark off the Christmas season. And any perceived cultural threat to those displays and activities is met with much hostility by many Christians, revealing their irrational fears and insecurities.

How the church needs to go back to the faith and love of that young Jewish girl locked in her room with “only” the enchanted picture in her heart of her savior being born and then placed in an animal feeding trough on that yearly date.

As it is now, it is not the yearly anniversary of the birth of Christ that Christians celebrate, but rather, mostly, they celebrate the manger scenes, the church Christmas program, the cross on the hill, poinsettia flowers, etc., etc.

By the way, a little research will show that Jesus really was born in the last part of December.

Jim Holsinger


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